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Library to offer half-off fines to help food pantry

McHENRY – The McHenry Public Library District will offer patrons a way to save money on fines and help the FISH Food Pantry.

From Tuesday through Nov. 14, patrons with overdue items may return them and pay half of the accrued fines. They also can pay off existing fines on their account at half-price. Lost or damaged items or accounts in collection are not included in this program, the library said in a news release.

Fine money received during the two weeks will be donated to FISH. Last year, the library raised about $2,500 for the food pantry.

“If a large fine has kept you from visiting the library, now is your opportunity to clear it up and save money,” Executive Director Jim Scholtz said. “We want you back, and we’d like our items back, too, so others can check them out.”

For information, visit the library at 809 N. Front St., call 815-385-0036 or go online to

– Northwest Herald


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